With Twitter’s introduction last year of a more official method of retweeting, there has been ongoing confusion concerning what exactly the difference is between the traditional retweet of a Twitter post and the newer RT method.
While it’s not difficult to find value in the new method introduced by the Twitter team, the use of the community-created term “retweet” has blurred the lines between the two to the point of leaving users unsure which is the best method to use when sharing others’ content within their stream.
Let this handy infographic and associated outline help to clear up the confusion!
Tip # 1
Traditional user-created retweets are given their own page, making them searchable via the Twitter website and indexable by search engines; the new method offers neither.
Tip # 2
Traditional retweets are credited to both the original creator and the retweeter, giving both exposure, while official retweets credit only the original creator of the content.
Tip # 3
While users are able to add and edit text before retweeting in the original sense, official retweets give you no such ability; the tweet is reposted exactly as it was initially shared.
Tip # 4
Given the purpose of retweeting, no matter the method used, both the traditional and official retweet appear to your entire user stream.
Tip # 5
Crediting multiple users for their contribution or relation to the topic of a tweet is possible only with user-created retweets while official retweets offer a link to only the original author’s Twitter stream.